8 Spectators Killed In Off-Road Race


An off-road truck has ploughed into spectators at a night rally in southern California, killing eight people. Twelve others were injured – with some airlifted to hospital. The driver had to flee the crash site when the crowd turned against him. It’s thought he lost control of the vehicle after mistiming a jump at the start of the race. The annual California 200 event attracts thousands to watch dune buggy-style cars leap different obstacles.

According to the AP, it took rescue workers “more than a half-hour to reach the remote location of the California 200 in the Mojave Desert near Lucerne Valley.”

Here’s how one spectator described the scene:

“All I saw was the dust, and then I saw about 30 people on the ground. It was just brutal,’’ Musgrave, 43, told The Times. “The problem is the crowd was just too close. I don’t think the [racer] did anything stupid. He just hit it way too hard.”

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